Shadow (2019)



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In Pei, a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander faces peril both inside and outside the palace walls. But he has a secret weapon: a "shadow", a look-alike who can fool both Pei's enemies and the King himself. In his obsessive quest for a long-sought victory over a rival kingdom, the commander must execute an intricate plan involving his wife, the Shadow, and the kings of both kingdoms, leading up to a stunning invasion unlike any seen before.


Critic Reviews for Shadow

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

Every supremely controlled stylistic element of Zhang Yimou's breathtakingly beautiful "Shadow" is an echo of another, a motif repeated, a pattern recurring in a fractionally different way each time.

Sep 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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This is probably the most stunningly beautiful Zhang has made to date.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Zhang seems more taken with the chichi set decoration than the bodies posed in front of it.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 4 | Full Review…

There's romance and melodrama in Shadow, and while it's less emphasized than in Zhang's other wuxia films, it pairs well with the Machiavellian intrigue.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The film's rain-soaked moodiness has genuine gravity and the fight choreography is inventive.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a marvel to see auteur Zhang Yimou return with another wuxia epic, over a decade after his last, and approach it in a dazzlingly different way.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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